Some photos, because of the special moments they register, say more (and more openly) than others. I find this one particularly telling. Here is New York-based Dominican composer Bullumba Landestoy (foreground) risking pain by clapping enthusiastically with an obviously still-healing hand, in celebration of the sharp and energetic performance just rendered of one of his compositions by violinist Pedro Rincón and pianist Angel Ulerio.
The moment occurred during the concert of Landestoy's works co-sponsored by the Association of Dominican Classical Musicians and the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at The City College. Rincón and Ulerio in turn clap with equally visible emotion celebrating the composer that with his work, who knows how many decades before, made their moment of performance possible.
One can only imagine Landestoy's joy seeing and hearing his music come potently alive in the hands of younger musicians, as well as the satisfaction of the performers to see and feel just from a few feet away the vigorous acknowledgment of the senior maestro. Human interaction at its best, a magical instant with a strong diasporic flavor in the midst of New York City's winter, shared and witnessed by a lucky public that was living a small historic moment (small, but historic) that everybody present will probably remember for a long time, and preserved for an even longer time by the alert photographic eyes of Javier Pichardo, CUNY DSI.
(For more photos from that historic concert, see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cunydsi/sets/72157626335413412/)
Anthony Stevens-Acevedo is assistant director and founding member of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute. He is a historian and focuses his research on the early colonial history of the Dominican Republic. He is the lead investigator in CUNY DSI's Dominican colonial research projects.